Student who died after collapsing at uni halls ‘may have taken ketamine’

A law student “with a beautiful bright smile and positive energy” may have taken ketamine before collapsing at her university halls of residence, an inquest has heard.

Megan Pollit, 18, was found collapsed in the doorway of her flat at the Talybont halls of residence in Cardiff on November 14.

She was taken to University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff but died two days later.

An inquest into the student’s death was opened at Pontypridd Coroner’s Court on Thursday – with coroner’s officer Emma Mathias giving a brief outline of the facts,

She said: “The circumstances are, this was a student at Cardiff University living in university accommodation.”

“She was found by her roommate collapsed in the doorway of the flat on November 14.”

When Senior Coroner Graeme Hughes asked if Miss Pollitt’s death is believed to be linked to the consumption of ketamite, Ms Mathias replied: “There was a suggestion she had taken ketamine.”

Miss Pollitt’s death was one of two suspected overdoses that happened in the South Wales Police force area on the same weekend, the other being a 25-year-old man from Radyr, Rhys Trezise, who died on Sunday, November 15.

Officers said there was nothing to suggest the deaths were connected, but admitted they were investigating the possibility that the drug ketamine might be a factor in both incidents.

Earlier this week the family of Miss Pollitt known to friends as Meg, paid an emotional tribute to her saying that she was “full or dreams and aspirations”, with a “beautiful bright smile and positive energy.”

In a statement they said: “Meg dedicated her time to everyone around her and was always there for others.

“We will miss her beautiful bright smile and positive energy that would lift the spirits of anyone.”

The head of Cardiff University’s School of Law and Politics, Professor Urfan Khaliq said Miss Pollitt’s death had shocked staff and students.

He said: “The loss to her family and friends is immeasurable. They are all in our thoughts and prayers. We are here to support them as we can.”

A full inquest into Miss Pollitt’s death is set to take place in the new year.

Following the teenager’s death, South Wales Police said they charged a 23-year-old man with drugs offences.

Lanoi Liddell appeared at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday where he was remanded in custody.